The UKGC has issued a stark warning to online gamblers over a new scheme, which offers a monthly fee for digital scratchcards. Players who take part in the scheme may leave themselves vulnerable to the law by promoting an illegal lottery – the punishment for which could include a heavy fine and jail time.
The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued a stark warning to players of online scratchcard games about a new money-making scheme.
The regulatory body said that it has become aware of plans for a system wherein customers will pay a monthly fee in return for digital scratchcards.
The legal issue with the scheme concerns a caveat which offers players that sign up more scratchcards in return for encouraging others to take part in the scheme. Legitimate online casinos market their products themselves and would never ask players to do so for them.
The UKGC states that by encouraging others to play, customers may commit the offence of promoting an illegal lottery, which could lead to a penalty of up to 51 weeks in jail and a fine.
In order to promote a lottery in Britain, an individual or company must acquire either a UKGC gambling licence or be registered with a local licensing authority.
Nick Tofiluk, director of regulation at the UKGC, said: “The law is quite clear on this matter – you cannot promote a lottery for private or commercial gain.”